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Year of Mercy

On 8 December 2015 Pope Francis opened the holy door in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. With this act he inaugurated the Jubilee Year of Mercy. God, the Pope said, “never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy.”

Pat Coyle speaks to Fr Gerry Whelan SJ in Rome about Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. This document, Gerry remarks, is more significant, more ground-breaking, than a cursory reading of it would suggest. Gerry lectures in Theology in the Gregorian University, Rome.

Spreading Good News at Gardiner Street

Large numbers attended Gardiner Street Church both for this year's 'Novena of Grace and Mercy' and the "24 Hours for the Lord" Year of Mercy event.

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Be merciful, just as your father is merciful

GERRY CLARKE SJ :: Pope Francis has put it very simply: “The Church is not in the world to condemn, but to make possible an encounter with the visceral love that is God’s mercy.”

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Pope asks people of Moyross for prayers

Tony O'Riordan SJ presented Pope Francis with a picture of Our Lady Undoer Of Knots from the shrine of the Corpus Christi parish church in Limerick. The Pope asked for the prayers of Tony's parishioners.

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The Russian face of mercy

TOM CASEY SJ :: A reflection on the Russian face of mercy with the inspiration of poet Anna Akhmatova, on the eve of Francis, Bishop of Rome, meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Havana, Cuba.

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Moyross Jesuit ‘mercy envoy’ for Pope

Moyross Parish Priest Fr Tony O’Riordan SJ is one of seven hundred priests from around the world chosen by Pope Francis to play a special role in the Holy Year of Mercy

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God’s abundant mercy

GAVIN T. MURPHY :: It is never too late to receive God’s unlimited forgiveness, no matter how wayward we have been. All it takes is an acknowledgement of our humanity, for our cracks to be filled with God’s light.

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Change we can believe in: The difference mercy makes

DERMOT ROANTREE :: It is the conservative critics of Pope Francis, not those who favoured the Kasper proposal at the recent Synod on the Family, who need to account for their position.

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Gardiner St Church ‘mercy door’

The parishioners of Gardiner St Church are preparing for the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the opening of a Holy Door into the Church and the tomb of Venerable Fr. John Sullivan SJ.

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Divine mercy two years on

TOM CASEY SJ :: As we mark the 2nd anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, Tom Casey argues that theologians could learn a lot from the Pope's message of mercy.

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Mercy abounds at ‘Retreats Ireland’

Piaras Jackson SJ and Brendan Comerford SJ of the Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality unexpectedly gave the keynote addresses at the annual Retreats Ireland gathering in Dromantine, Co. Down, Jan 17-18, on behalf of Michael Paul Gallagher.

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